December 20, 2019

Hey y’all I hope everyone is getting in the holiday spirit and finishing up their last-minute shopping. It’s hard to believe that Christmas is five days away and 2019 is going to be finished in less than two weeks. I’m sure for many 2019 has been a year filled with a variety of things. By the time we reach the end of each year we tend to forget what actually happened throughout the year. The blog post is going to be about reflection. It’s so important to reflect back because we often forget all the good, we’ve accomplished. More specifically I can firmly say that 2019 for me has been the best year of my entire life.

                The first part of 2019 was my last semester of college before I graduated. As anyone who has graduated from college, they can attest to the multitude of emotions running through your mind and body throughout this period. There is a part that doesn’t want to graduate and leave, there is a part that is terrified or scared to leave a place of comfort and stability, there is a part that is confused and there is part that I became very familiar with, the part of you that is so excited for the future and the next chapter of your life to begin. Now that doesn’t mean I don’t miss being with my friends and in a comfortable environment, I miss my buddies all the time. However, upon graduation I was so ready to pursue my dreams and start my life that nothing would get in my way. College was just one chapter of my life at by the time my four years were up it was time to close that chapter and start a new one.

                More specifically between April 20 – May 20 there were a lot of last times. April 22nd was the last collegiate round of I would ever play. I’ll be honest I got pretty emotional. I made my last putt walked off the green and was met by both my parents and teammates. My dad was the first one to greet me and for the people who don’t know this, but my dad in 4 years never missed a college event. He’s traveled to Florida, Texas, all over the place to watch me, and I’ll never forget what he said to me after I finished. He hugged me and with a big smile on his face said, “I enjoyed watching you play these past 4 years, your mother and I are so proud of you and everything you’ve accomplished.” My dad has given me more than I could ask for and has been the man behind the curtain that has helped me with just about everything. My mom quickly followed behind with a big hug and a kiss. Naturally every mother in a situation like this is almost always crying. She looked at me and said, “Mikey I am so proud of you, you’ve turned into a better golfer and an even better man.” After I walked off the 18th green my mom handed me the phone and it was my brother Matt. Now if anybody knows Matt, they know he’s not one for sentiment. He said, “congratulations on an amazing college golf career I’m really proud of you buddy, you did it.” Moments like these are moments that we need to reflect on because moments like these define us as human. Fast forward to April 28 less than a week later I met somebody who has changed my life and given me everything I never knew I need. My mom always “don’t look for someone special be open to everything and let them find their way to you.” That’s what I always did, and on that day almost 8 months ago to date my girlfriend Gabby found me and life couldn’t have been any better since.

                Fast forward through a somewhat rocky summer with golf and going through some struggles. Getting stuck in a slump is never easy, but it is extremely humbling. Getting in a slump was one of the best things to happen to me. It gave me more drive and more determination to work and get better and go through. Any athlete that goes through a slump knows that the second you come out of it whether you finally start hitting you free throws again or a quarterback hitting his routes perfectly, you get hit with this feeling of “I did it, I got through it.” That feeling is everything. That feeling hit me when I finally broke out and got a nice win in early September in the Mercer County Amateur, while it wasn’t the biggest win in the world it was a win that I needed. That win in my mind felt like the biggest win in the world. The weeks after I continued to work and get better and a month later, I got another win. That’s the crazy thing about confidence is once you got it, it’s there to stay. Continuing on through October I was done with my events and I was preparing to start my next journey. I moved to Florida and got right to work.

                Now, here we are its December 20, 2019 and a whole entire year is just about finished in what seemed like a blink of an eye. It always amazes me, every time this time of year I feel the same thing and say to myself “where did the time go, this year went by so damn fast.” 365 days will go by faster than we can comprehend, so it’s important to stop, slow down, and smell the roses once and awhile. Hug your love ones this holiday season, do something special for somebody, and get ready for the next 365 days.

                “Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things."